ADN Issue 11, November 2014


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Americans Doubt They Can Protect Their Privacy
Thomas Claburn
InformationWeek, November 13, 2014

A Pew Research Center study finds broad concern about government and corporate data gathering, along with a desire for more government regulation of data gathering.

Americans are concerned about their privacy and would like to do more to protect their privacy, but doubt their ability to do so, according to a Pew Research Center study.

The Pew Research Center Internet Project on Wednesday published findings about Americans’ attitudes toward privacy following former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s revelations about government access to phone records and online communication.

Tags: Cybersecurity,
2014 Data Breach Investigations Report

Gain fresh insight into cyber espionage and denial-of-service attacks in the 2014 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR).

We hope that this year’s submission will improve awareness and practice in the field of information security and support critical decisions and operations from the trenches to the boardroom.

Tags: Cybersecurity,
Minimizing WEB app risks
Nov 2014

According to a 2014 Data Breach Investigations Report from Verizon, web app breaches remain one of the top nine patterns of attack. And with recent vulnerabilities like Shellshock and the web CGI based attack vectors, keeping up with new and undiscovered threats can be time-consuming—especially if you’re using a manual process.

Reduce your risk from unidentified vulnerabilities and maximise web app coverage with enhanced automation and progressive scanning.

Tags: Cybersecurity,
Security comes into focus at AWS re:Invent
Drew Amorosi
Datacenter Dynamics, 16 November 2014

Amazon and its partners are working hard to boost security on Amazon Web Services (AWS), as public clouds cannibalize traditional data center workloads. Ways to implement additional layers of security over externally provided service were the basis of a major session track at Amazon's developer event re:Invent 2014.

Twenty five sessions were dedicated to security at last week’s event in Las Vegas, including a keynote address from Steve Schmidt, chief information security officer for Amazon Web Services.

Amazon took the wraps off two new security and compliance tools at the event, to complement existing offerings, according to the company’s statement. AWS Key Management Service will help AWS customers manage custom encryption keys, and will deploy hardware security modules (HSMs) to protect those keys. AWS Config takes aim at customers’ auditing and visibility and “is a fully managed service that provides you with an AWS resource inventory, configuration history, and configuration change notifications to enable security and governance”, according to an AWS statement.

Tags: Cybersecurity,
Traditional crime ‘is coming to cyberspace’
Eugene Kaspersky
Telegraph, September 9, 2014

Cybercrime has historically focused on causing disruption in cyberspace, but Eugene Kaspersky, founder of Kaspersky Lab, tells Sophie Curtis that traditional ‘real world‘ criminals are also moving online.

The distinction between real-world crime and cybercrime is becoming increasingly blurred. In the past, thieves, robbers and fraudsters would rely on knives and guns to get the job done; today they are more likely to use phishing scams, denial-of-service attacks and trojans.

Traditionally, the purpose of these cyber attacks has been either to steal data, which can be sold on the dark web for financial gain, to steal money directly, or to sabotage the computer systems of a company or organisation in the pursuit of some political, social or moral cause.

However, a new and far more dangerous type of cybercrime is emerging — the use of carefully targeted malware to support traditional crime.

Tags: Cybersecurity,
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